John Bauer’s illustrations are beautiful. I think so anyway. I’ve used one of his illustrations before, and here’s another. There’s a fantastic story or a hundred in this picture, so much going on, so many possibilities: nightmare or magical dream, curse or enchantment, love story or vengeance. Make of it what you will, write as much as you like, and post a link to your short(ish) story in the comments before next Thursday.